2.2 Resources
Reseource sites are the engineered features most strongly influenced by natural conditions, namely by the amounts and availability of useful materials at given places. Their exploitation is governed further by the cultural evaluation of materials, by the technical means at hand, by the organization of the economy using them, by the volume and rhythm of production in the society, and by the employments made of the resource.
What is a resource to one human group may be of no conceivable use to another. The Navaho wandered for a long time over deposits of uranium without finding a use for those ponderous rocks, and only when the warlike powers discovered deadly uses for the mineral did the deposits become important resources that have made the tribe rich.